Social Distancing: Slowing the spread of COVID-19

Senior lady is being shielded in the Covid-19 crisis. Her daughter and granddaughter visit her and speak to her through the window

Following social distancing guidelines helps slow the spread of COVID-19. For many of us this is a new adjustment, but social distancing is crucial to slowing the spread of the disease and keeping our communities safe and healthy. Read below for some helpful tips.

What is social distancing?

According to the CDC, social distancing is “remaining out of congregate settings, avoiding mass gatherings and maintaining distance (approximately 6 feet or 2 meters) from others when possible.” Not only does social distancing help slow the spread of the disease, it helps protect the people who are at a higher risk of becoming severely ill. This includes older adults, pregnant people and people with underlying medical conditions. It takes everyone’s participation to slow the spread—here’s what you can do to help:

  • Wash your hands often—for at least 20 seconds
  • Cover your mouth—especially when sneezing or coughing
  • Avoid touching your face—this includes your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces—handles, light switches, tables, counters, etc.
  • Avoid close contact with others—this includes handshakes, hugs, etc.
  • Keep your distance (6 feet)—it’s important to keep at least 6 feet of distance between you and others if you must go out in public.
  • Avoid crowds—it’s essential that you avoid large group gatherings of more than 10 people. If able, work from home instead of going into the office, hold a virtual meeting instead of an in-person, use technology as your means of communication to avoid close contact with others, etc.
  • Stay home—the best thing you can do to slow the spread of COVID-19 is to stay home. When you stay home, you’re protecting yourself and others.

How to stay healthy and well while social distancing

For those participating in social distancing, it’s temporarily changed our every day lives. As you adjust to a new routine, it’s important to remember to take care of your health—making healthy lifestyle choices and remaining physically active. Here’s some ways you can stay healthy and well:

  • Stay active—Although you might not be able to visit the gym right now, you can still get a workout in at home. We’ve recently expanded our three popular wellness programs so our members can stay physically active while they practice social distancing. Learn more
  • Stay connected with friends and family—it’s important to check in on your loved ones during this time. Even if you can’t physically see them, having a phone call or Facetime with them is a great way to stay connected.
  • You can still go outside—you can still enjoy the outside while you practice social distancing. Just remember our tips and go outside and get some fresh air whether you’re going for a run, a nature walk or a peaceful bike ride, it’s important to get out of the house for these reasons.
  • Occupy yourself with something non COVID-19 related—It may feel difficult to escape the constant noise of COVID-19 in today’s media, but you have options to help yourself decompress. Read a book, take an online class, do some spring cleaning, exercise regularly, etc. These are all great ways to keep yourself occupied.

More information

For more information on COVID-19, visit the CDC’s website.